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Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

History of the F-84F Thunderstreak

In 1954, production for the F-84F began to provide the United States (US) Air Force and several Allied countries a ground support fighter-bomber. Soon after, as technology quickly progressed, the F-84F was replaced by supersonic F-100s. However, several F-84Fs were called back for temporary service due to the Berlin Crisis of 1958–1961, during the Cold War.

History of the F-84F-25-RE Thunderstreak

Serial Number: 51-1640

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation

Crew: One

Engines: One Wright J65-W-3 turbojet; 7,220 pounds thrust

Wingspan: 33 feet 7 1/4 inches

Length: 43 feet 4 3/4 inches

Height: 14 feet 4 3/4 inches

Weight: 14,014 pounds (empty); 28,000 pounds (maximum)

Speed: 535 mph (cruising); 695 mph (maximum)

Range: 2,140 miles with four 230-gallon drop tanks

Service Ceiling: 46,000 feet

Armament: Six .50-caliber machine guns; 6,000 pounds external ordnance

Cost: $769,000

The F-84F Thunderstreak at Hill Air Force Base

Starting in 1952, Hill Air Force Base began its extensive depot maintenance and supply support for the F-84s. Some of the more specialized maintenance included repairs on the RF-84F and F-84F engine, the Buick-Wright J-65. Hill Air Force Base personnel accomplished depot maintenance on the F-84s until 1959. In total, more than 800 F-84s passed through the installation for repairs and were sent to back into service with units across the country. The F-84F on display was manufactured in 1954 and served on installations in the US and France. In 1983, Hill Aerospace Museum acquired the aircraft for permanent display.

When was the F-84F made?

First flown as a prototype in 1950, various design challenges meant the aircraft wouldn’t be certified operational until mid-1954.

Was the Thunderstreak used in Vietnam?

Due to engine and other aircraft issues, the Thunderstreak was not predominately used during the Vietnam War.

What replaced the F-84F?

By the mid-1960s the F-84F was predominately relegated to use by the Air National Guard, being replaced by the F-100 Super Sabre in the United States Air Force.

Are any F-84Fs still flying?

Though some models were still flying for the Allied Air Forces as late as 1991, none of the some 3,400 developed are considered air worthy today.

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